Posted May 27, 2013

VIDEO: Brittney Griner becomes first player to dunk twice in WNBA game

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Rookie Brittney Griner became the first WNBA player to dunk twice in one game. (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Rookie Brittney Griner became the first WNBA player to dunk twice in one game. (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Rookie Brittney Griner became the third WNBA player ever to dunk in a game and first to do it twice, throwing down two slams in her first WNBA game on Monday.

Griner’s Phoenix Mercury fell, 102-80, to the Chicago Sky in what served as a premier matchup of rookie stars. The game featured the Mercury’s Griner and the Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, who were the first and second picks in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

In the loss, Griner finished with 17 points and three rebounds.  The only other WNBA players to dunk during a game had been Candace Parker, who did it on two separate occasions, and Lisa Leslie.

Both of Griner’s dunks came in the fourth quarter, with the game already well in hand. The first was a one-handed slam early in the fourth quarter. She followed that with a two-handed dunk off a steal that roused the home crowd to its feet.

Here’s video of the first dunk:

And the second:


20 comments
colosm
colosm

I am at a loss to understand the inordinate amount of focus placed on the dunking ability of a basketball player who according to the team’s website stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and a wing span of 7 feet 4 inches. I stand 5 feet 11 inches tall with a wing span of 5 feet 11 inches. Standing flatfooted on the floor wearing basketball shoes, I can extend my reach to 7 feet 6 inches. Taking the three steps allowed by basketball rules, I can jump high enough to touch the knuckle of my middle finger against the rim (a height of 10 feet 1 inch)...and I am 63 years old. Standing with her feet flat on the floor Ms. Griner should be able to reach a height of 9 feet 3 inches. So, if she jumps 18 inches off the floor (not much of a feat for a highly trained athlete) she would attain a reach of just under 11 feet, more than enough to dunk the ball. What would make an amazing story is if she couldn't dunk.

 Ms. Griner’s Phoenix Mercury were soundly beaten by the Elena Della Donne and the Chicago Sky...by 22 points. Dunking is OVER RATED. 

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

She's awesome! Looking forward to seeing her develop as a pro!

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

That is NOT a dunk. She releases the ball and it rolls over the rim, then she grabs the rim. NOT a dunk. I played ball in college with lots of 5'5" guys who perfected that technique. The sad thing is that the WNBA seem to think basketball success is measured by dunks and not wins. The appeal of the women's game used to be that they still played TEAM basketball.

JulesG
JulesG

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius You can't be serious. Where was the WNBA success measured by dunks claim? If you ever watch a WNBA game, they play some of the best team basketball I have EVER seen...including male basketball. You sound upset for no reason. A female dunking is a great accomplishment, period. No pun intended? Oh God, why couldn't I have just left that alone! :)

colosm
colosm

@JulesG @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius 

Why is Griner's ability to dunk a big deal? I stand 5'11" with a flatfoot reach of 7'5". Taking the allowed 3 steps I can jump and touch the 10' rim (a vertical distance of 2'7"...and I'm 63 years old). Griner is listed as 6'9", assuming she has the same reach (1'6"...she probably has much longer arms than I) her flatfooted reach is at least 8'3" meaning she would only need jump 1'9" to reach the rim. So, of course she can dunk...it would be an embarrassment if she couldn't...the headline in my newspaper was that Griner dunked twice...you had to read the article to find out her team lost by 22 and the her rookie opponent played at least equally as well and, by the way, Delle Donne's team won the game. Can we PLEASE stop hyping the dunk in women's basketball.? Because, you are correct, the women play a great game of team basketball.

JulesG
JulesG

@colosmIt's a big deal because it's uncommon. I understand that it is becoming more and more common and is not indicative of anything major as far as a basketball "skill", but for it to be one of the major things that separates female from male sports, that is why it is a big deal. Especially when we are talking about the most consistent female dunker in the history of women's basketball finally doing it at the PRO level. So you are going to get the hype around it for a while, because to the WNBA, it is still "new". Just think about this...some people REFUSE to watch women's basketball because it is mundane in contrast to their male counterparts. Now all of a sudden, you have a woman doing what was deemed damn near impossible. Who cares how she is doing it? Most NBA players who dunk are 6 foot plus with 30 inch plus verticals, and we STILL get excited when they dunk. So, to be fair, let people enjoy this rarity and don't let it affect how you view the WNBA game as a whole. I say congrats to her to bringing an element of excitement to a league of very talented women who will never get the respect they deserve. I watched a WNBA game live one time and it blew me away how good they were! So...let them have that moment to give praise to one of their own right now.

Genghis_Sean
Genghis_Sean

Many non-dunking men seem very threatened by this.  When the ladies are dismissive of her, it will be relevant.

Matt53
Matt53

3 Rebounds???  Is this marginal skill really worth the 5 digit salary?  That's for the fan to decide.

PaulWeeldreyer
PaulWeeldreyer like.author.displayName 1 Like

Awwwww cool! A woman dunked in a basketball game...TWICE!!! Meanwhile, no one cares. Please stop trying to push this women's basketball down our throats. We don't care and we never will. 

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Mark V.1
Mark V.1

Wow two dunks in one game?  If this is considered a significant feat, the whole debate about her playing in the NBA seems even more ridiculous now...

rfrantz
rfrantz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Griner's voice and face suggests to me that she's taking male enhancing hormones? Anyone agree?

Deuceman
Deuceman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Delle Donne had 22 points, and her team won. Not important though, is it?

Action
Action

Wow.  She's going to dominate that league.

barjona
barjona

@Action Small sample size but I would expect more than 3 rebounds....